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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:43 am

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120. Fausseté Amour | PCECD | 1993 | 7/10

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Fausseté Amour is a Japan-only platformer, developed by AIM for the PCECD, and published by Naxat Soft in 1993. Fausseté Amour stars a scantily clad heroine name Koruku, who is on a mission to stop an evil sorcerer from resurrecting a terrible demon. I guess? The dialogue is all Japanese. Along the way she must defeat female underlings who stand in for bosses. The gameplay here is fairly standard platformer stuff, jump around, attack enemies, try not to fall into pits. Koruku attacks with a chain like weapon. This chain weapon adds a twist to the design; a Bionic Commando-ish swinging mechanic. However, this swinging mechanic is clunky to say the least, and is just as likely to kill Koruku, as it is to swing her. Koruku also has weak magic attacks that are barely worth mentioning. As Koruku traverses a stage, some enemies drop purple gems. The player must find and collect at least three of these gems before the end of the stage. If not, the player will be warped back to the beginning of the stage until they find enough crystals. If this sounds like artificial longevity to you, you've got it right. Fausseté Amour is not an especially long game, and most of the experience is quite easy. The final stage and final boss will provide a bit of strife, but Fausseté Amour drops extra lives aplomb.

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However when Koruku is hit, something interesting happens. As a shout out to Ghost 'n Goblins, like Arthur, if Koruku gets hit, she loses her armor. But unlike Arthur, if Koruku gets hit again she doesn't turn into a pile of bones, instead she just lands on the ground naked. Yes Fausseté Amour has an ecchi slant to it, mostly evident in the many cutscenes which show randy perspectives of Koruku's assets. Graphically Fausseté Amour is merely decent, although I did appreciate its bright color palette. The OST is upbeat, sounding like light J-rock, but seems out of place more often than not. Controls are kinda wonky. Jumping and attacking is simple enough, but using magic, and initiating a successful grapple maneuver are overly complex. Chalk it up to the standard PCE controller having limited buttons. Yes there's plenty of room for improvement in Fausseté Amour, but the game's hardly "bad". I can certainly appreciate the ambition, as a formula that mixes erotica and platform-grappling sounds great on paper. Unfortunately the final product is a tad amateurish, and not particularly well playtested. Despite that, Fausseté Amour remains a mostly unique experience. It's not every day you fight a giant purple goat demon with bare breasts as a final boss.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:42 am

Ys rules, Darm Tower is awesome, and part II is even better than the first. I'd rank Ys Book I & II as the pinnacle of the ARPG genre. Better than A Link to the Past, better than Secret of Mana, better than Terranigma, a nearly perfect game it is.

Fausseté Amour is a gorgeous game, damn. That early-90s CD-ROM anime look is unstoppable.
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by Exhuminator Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:29 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:That early-90s CD-ROM anime look is unstoppable.

IMO the tile and sprite work is decent, but the cutscene art is excellent classic 90s anime style.

I've got a few more PCECD games in the queue. I'm not tired of riding this train yet. I came close to beating a particular mech shooter last night, but it's HARD.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:34 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 133
* denotes a replay

January (10 Games Beaten)
1. Persona 4 Arena - Playstation January 1
2. Chrono Trigger - SNES - January 7
3. Ys: The Vanished Omens - Master System - January 8
4. MUSHA - Genesis - January 10
5. Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below - PlayStation 4 - January 11
6. Ys I - TurboGrafx-CD - January 13
7. Ys II - TurboGrafx-CD - January 14
8. Dragon Quest Builders - PlayStation 4 - January 23
9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PlayStation 4 - January 26
10. School Girl/Zombie Hunter - PlayStation 4 - January 29


February (12 Games Beaten)
11. Fire Emblem Heroes - Android - February 3
12. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Wii U - February 5
13. Dante's Inferno - PlayStation 3 - February 7
14. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 - DS - February 11
15. Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Vita - February 12
16. Sniper Elite 4 - PlayStation 4 - February 17
17. Pony Quest - NES - February 19
18. Halo Wars 2 - Xbox One - February 22
19. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions - PlayStation Portable - February 24
20. Hotline Miami - PlayStation 4 - February 26
21. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light - Famicom - February 27
22. Bad Dudes - NES - February 28


March (6 Games Beaten)
23. Root Letter - PlayStation 4 - March 2
24. Vroom in the Night Sky - Switch - March 10
25. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - March 17
26. Super Bomberman R - Switch - March 18
27. Super Mario Run - Android - March 24
28. I Am Setsuna - Switch - March 24


April (9 Games Beaten)
29. Mass Effect: Andromeda - PlayStation 4 - April 1
30. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army - PlayStation 4 - April 2
31. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 - PlayStation 4 - April 2
32. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers - Switch - April 3
33. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 3 - PlayStation 4 - April 4
34. Persona 5 - PlayStation 4 - April 17
35. Alienation - PlayStation 4 - April 18
36. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - PlayStation 4 - April 23
37. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - PlayStation 4 - April 29


May (14 Games Beaten)
38. Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch - May 4
39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6
40. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch - May 6
41. Outlast II - PlayStation 4 - May 7
42. Dishonored - PlayStation 4 - May 10
43. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! - Switch - May 12
44. Pikmin - Gamecube - May 12
45. Metal Slug - Neo Geo MVS - May 13*
46. Dariusburst CS: Chronicle Savior - PlayStation 4 - May 14
47. Batman: The TellTale Series - PlayStation 4 - May 17
48. Batman: Arkham VR - PlayStation 4 - May 18
49. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS - May 25
50. Farpoint - PlayStation 4 - May 27
51. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Xbox 360 - May 29


June (10 Games Beaten)
52. Star Trek: Bridge Crew - PlayStation 4 - June 2
53. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - PlayStation 4 - June 3
54. Rebel Galaxy - PC - June 18
55. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - Vita - June 20
56. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - PC - June 21*
57. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead - PC - June 21
58. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Breakthrough - PC - June 22
59. Aliens Versus Predator - PC - June 23
60. Army Men - PC - June 24*
61. Apartment 666 - PC - June 26


July (20 Games Beaten)
62. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist - Genesis - July 12*
63. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone - PlayStation 4 - July 15
64. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine - PlayStation 4 - July 22
65. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - PlayStation 4 - July 24
66. Splatoon 2 - Switch - July 25
67. Kamiko - Switch - July 25
68. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge - Xbox - July 26
69. Panzer Dragoon - Saturn - July 27*
70. Snake Pass - Switch - July 27
71. Buck Bumble - Nintendo 64 - July 28*
72. Castlevania - NES - July 29
73. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - NES - July 29
74. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - NES - July 29
75. Super Castlevania IV - SNES - July 30
76. Castlevania Adventure - Game Boy - July 30
77. Castlevania Adventure Rebirth - Wii - July 30
78. Contra Rebirth - Wii - July 31
79. Heavy Fire: Special Operations - Wii - July 31
80. Heavy Fire: Black Arms - Wii - July 31
81. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei - Saturn - July 31*


August (9 Games Beaten)
82. Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius - Steam - August 4
83. Panzer Dragoon Saga - Saturn - August 5
84. Sunrider: Liberation Day - Steam - August 6
85. Emily is Away - Steam - August 8
86. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - SNES - August 19
87. Nights of Azure - PlayStation 4 - August 25
88. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PlayStation 4 - August 26
89. Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut - Xbox One - August 27
90. Devil's Third - Wii U - August 30*


September (14 Games Beaten)
91. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Switch - September 4
92. Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom - Wii U - September 4
93. Daytona USA - Xbox 360 - September 6
94. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara - Wii U - September 6
95. Cave Story+ - Switch - September 10
96. Cosmic Star Heroine - Steam - September 14
97. Lego Worlds - Switch - September 16
98. Metroid: Samus Returns - 3DS - September 18
99. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - PlayStation 4 - September 23
100. Weeping Doll - PlayStation VR - September 23
101. Dying: Reborn VR - PlayStation VR - September 24
102. Shadow Warrior 2 - PlayStation 4 - September 28
103. Pokken Tournament DX - Switch - September 29
104. White Day: A Labyrinth Called School - PlayStation 4 - September 30


October (7 Games Beaten)
105. Monster High: New Ghoul in School - Wii U - October 2
106. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash - PlayStation 4 - October 8
107. Barbie Dreamhouse Party - Wii U - October 14
108. Tales of Berseria - PlayStation 4 - October 25
109. Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online - PlayStation 4 - October 28
110. Super Mario Odyssey - Switch - October 30
111. Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti - Famicom - October 31


November (21 Games Beaten)
112. Fire Emblem Warriors - Switch - November 1
113. Sine Mora EX - Switch - November 2
114. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - TurboGrafx-CD - November 4
115. Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper - Wii U - November 4
116. The Bunker - PlayStation 4 - November 5
117. Dear Esther - PlayStation 4 - November 5
118. Gex - 3DO - November 5
119. Crysis 3 - PlayStation 3 - November 6
120. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Xbox One - November 10
121. Sonic Forces - Switch - November 10
122. Call of Duty: WWII - Xbox One - November 11
123. For Honor - Xbox One - November 12
124. Blue Reflection - PlayStation 4 - November 17
125. Bully - Wii - November 20
126. Star Wars: Battlefront II - Xbox One - November 22
127. Doom - Switch - November 22
128. Onslaught - Wii - November 22
129. Zombie Panic in Wonderland - Wii - November 22
130. Criminal Girls: Invite Only - Vita - November 28
131. Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 - PS3 - November 29
132. Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes - Dreamcast - November 30


December (1 Game Beaten)
133. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Switch - December 17


133. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Switch - December 17

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the most recent of MonolithSoft's three MASSIVE RPGs exclusive to Nintendo's platforms and the seventh game in the Xeno series (eighth if you include Xenosaga Freaks). I've no played the Xenosaga games, and I don't even own Xenogears, but I've played Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X, and my playthrough of XC2 (coming in right at 120 hours) was probably twice as long as my playthrough of XC (roughly 60 hours) and I'd guesstimate about 30% longer than my playthrough of XCX (somewhere between 90 and 100 hours). Needless to say, this game will keep you busy for a good while especially if you play it like a normal person instead of like an obsessive lunatic like me.

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The game play is pretty much exactly like Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X - your standard attack is done automatically and charges your combat skills (or arts). The tweak to the formula here is your Blade - essentially a living weapon tied to you - that determines what your arts are, the element of your arts, and your special attacks that the use of your arts charge. The combat is based on timers, not turns I'm still repping Team Not-Turn-Based from the Great Racketboy Turn War of 2017), but the fighting will get so in-depth between the different recharge times of arts, swapping out Blades to take advantage of an enemy elemental weakness or line up a Blade combo, and reviving fallen allies that it will often feel like a truly fluid real time battle.

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The sound design is a bit of a mixed bag. I'd give the audio a 4 out of 5. On the one hand, the soundtrack is absolutely stellar. It's a definite improvement over the...interesting...musical choices of Xenoblade Chronicles X (which I, personally, loved, but it could definitely feel a little out of place). On the other hand, the voice acting is totally hit or miss. Some characters' voice actors do a fantastic job, some are just god awful, and some can't seem to decide if they're great or terrible. One cringe-inducing trait that I noticed repeatedly was group exclamations. When, for example, the team is falling from a ship or a cliff or whatever in a cut scene, the characters will sound completely amateur. Like, imagine telling a drama class full of bored high school students who didn't want to take that damn class to pretend you're falling off a cliff. "Ahhhh....." Fortunately, however, I found the voice acting to be pretty competent probably 95% of the time.

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Let's take a minute for the narrative. That is, after all, the most important aspect of an RPG as far as I'm concerned. The narrative here is...okay. The characters are great - especially Pyra and Nia - but the actual story itself? It's just okay. The basic premise is that you get hired by some sketchy guys to go salvage some stuff from some derelict ship. You find some super Blade who wants to go to Valhalla or Sto'vo'kor or some shit, but there some bad dudes (not bad enough dudes to rescue the president, though) and they want to do bad guy stuff or whatever. Honestly the best part of the story is just that it serves as a backdrop for interactions between the characters. The story isn't bad, but it never feels particularly original. There are a couple of nods to the first Xenoblade Chronicles, but it's done like Bioshock Infinite's nod to Bioshock - subtly in a way that it won't feel out of place for those who haven't played the first game but that will definitely be noticed by those who have.

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The game's biggest issue is performance. The game is perfectly playable, but there are some pretty serious performance issues nonetheless. The frame rate targets 30, but it usually stays around 25 or so. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for that to drop to 20 or even 15 frames per second. That's not the worst of the performance issues, however, although some may disagree with me on that. Far worse in my opinion is the texture pop-in. You'll get past a loading screen, and the whole world is covered in smooth, flat colors. Ten or fifteen seconds later, the actual world texture will abruptly pop in. This happens after pretty much every loading screen. I'd much rather the loading screens last another five or ten seconds and have the world actually exist when the loading screens is over. None of those performance issues ruin the game, per se, but they do break the immersion pretty badly at times.

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The visuals are an interesting story. Obviously the game's resolution is higher when docked and outputting to a television - that's true of most games - but despite the lower resolution, most games tend to look better in my opinion playing handheld due to the smaller screen size (a 6" 720p screen vs a 65" 2160p screen). Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the opposite. You could tell that it rendered a little below 720p with some further drops during particularly heavy scenes, but it looked pretty good overall. Playing handheld, however, the game looks like straight rubbish. It's not at all uncommon during fights for the resolution to drop to 360p or even 240p. At no point playing docked did I ever think to myself "This game doesn't look good." On the contrary, I found myself thinking about how good the game looked on a few different occasions. While there were certain times that the game looked okay in handheld, but I repeatedly found myself thinking "Dear god, this looks like a Wii game." I loved the Wii, but this the successor of the Wii's successor.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is, all things considered, an extremely competent entry in the Xeno series, and it's the RPG that Switch fans have been craving for nine months. In my personal ranking of the three Xenoblade Chronicles games, I'd place it ahead of Xenoblade Chronicles but behind Xenoblade Chronicles X. That's not the most popular opinion, I know - I'm one of the few who really LOVED Xenoblade Chronicles X - and there are aspects of the game, such as story and performance, where both of its predecessors surpassed it, but in terms of overall enjoyment, I'd place it right in the middle. It's a definite must-own for Switch players.
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by Segata Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:12 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Ys rules, Darm Tower is awesome, and part II is even better than the first. I'd rank Ys Book I & II as the pinnacle of the ARPG genre. Better than A Link to the Past, better than Secret of Mana, better than Terranigma, a nearly perfect game it is.

Fausseté Amour is a gorgeous game, damn. That early-90s CD-ROM anime look is unstoppable.

I agree. I miss it in games. Everything is shitty moe now.
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by marurun Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:33 pm

Segata wrote:Everything is shitty moe now.


Only a mild over-statement, sadly. But those fans are the ones willing to spend the money. You don't make product for people who aren't interested in spending money.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:13 pm

Previous Games:
1. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
2. Gyromite (NES)
3. Lucy -The Eternity She Wished For- (Steam)
4. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Famicom)
5. Radical Dreamers (SNES)
6. Video Games 1 (TI-99/4A)
7. Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (Famicom)
8. Exile (TurboGrafx CD)
9. Exile: Wicked Phenomenon (TurboGrafx CD)
10. Xak (PC Engine CD, Xak I・II)
11. Xak II (PC Engine CD, Xak I・II)
12. Neutopia (TurboGrafx-16)
13. Captain Silver (Sega Master System)
14. Märchen Veil (Famicom Disk System)
15. Vanguard (Atari 2600)
16. Kangaroo (Atari 2600)
17. Front Line (Atari 2600)
18. Mario Bros. (Atari 2600)
19. Harmonia (Steam)
20. Donkey Kong (Atari 2600)
21. Jungle Hunt (Atari 2600)
22. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (TurboGrafx CD)
23. Gorf (Atari 2600)
24. Neutopia II (TurboGrafx-16)
25. Dungeon Magic (PlayStation 2, Taito Legends 2)
26. The Lost Vikings (SNES)
27. Blue's Journey (Wii Virtual Console)
28. Wizard Fire (Wii, Data East Arcade Classics)
29. Super Mario Run (Android)
30. Dragon Warrior II (NES)
31. Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (GOG.com)
32. Witch & Hero (Nintendo eShop)
33. Phoenix (Atari 2600)
34. Emerald Dragon (Super Famicom)
35. Sky Skipper (Atari 2600)
36. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
37. Cadash (TurboGrafx-16)
38. Cadash (Genesis)
39. Popeye (Atari 2600)
40. Mega Man 2 (NES)
41. Mother (Famicom)
42. Scramble (Game Boy Advance, Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced)
43. Super Cobra (Atari 2600)
44. Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (GameCube)
45. Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo (Steam)
46. Donkey Kong (Wii Virtual Console)
47. Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii Virtual Console)
48. Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console)
49. Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii Virtual Console)
50. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64)
51. Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (Super Famicom)
52. Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)
53. Super Mario Bros. (Famicom)
54. Super Mario Bros. 3 (Famicom)
55. Yoshi's New Island (3DS)
56. Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS)
57. Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.2 Watanagashi (Steam)
58. Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (GOG.com)

59. Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus (GameCube)
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Just got this. I was able to roll right through it without any sort of real grinding or questing, as you're able to import your character from the original GameCube version.

So, yeah, brilliant game, as I've stated many a time. I'm still kind of ambivalent about Episode II. It's not as developed as the first one, and there's a lot of recycled content. On the flipside, it's still an easy and fun romp. Bottom line: if you've only played the Dreamcast original you've experienced about 75% of what PSO has to offer.

One difference found in this Plus version is that there are now offline quests available in Episode II. I've heard there are two or three -- I wouldn't know as I never got through the first one. It was kinda cool and unique, showcasing a new environment and even featuring a midway savepoint(!). Unfortunately, it was also an escort mission with an AI android girl who dies in two hits. I got boned and lacked the motivation to give it another go.

It's worth noting that Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus is very expensive, to the point where it's essentially just a "collector's item" for hardcore fans. If you have yet to experience the game, just get the regular version. No one really needs this.

Took me about 45 hours to get through both GameCube versions of PSO. Normal difficulty. Mostly single-player. About 1.5 hours with prfsnl_gmr; couldn't have done it without him.

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by optmusprimenumber Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:35 pm

Finally played Deus Ex. And whoah dude, definitely deserving of its praise. Not that I doubted it. I now see why OG fans are mad at Invisible War (even though I still think it's a wicked fun game). I smashed through Deus Ex The Fall a few times this past week too, on PC. For all the complaints and wonkiness I found it to be completely playable and fun, if not incredibly short - I thought I was going to Australia! lol ...oh well.

Oh, and I also beat Link's Awakening a couple months ago for the first time. That game is cool.

Aaaand, I THINK it was last winter, early in the year, when I played and beat Quake 2 for real. I used to cheat my ass off as a kid and didn't really touch it seriously until this time.
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by dsheinem Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:37 pm

Games Beaten 2017
The first 50:
Inside - PS4
Street Fighter V - PS4
TIMEframe - PC
Rituals - PC
Mother Russia Bleeds - PC
Horizon: Zero Dawn - PS4
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch
Here They Lie - PSVR
Dexed - PSVR
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PSVR
Last Voyage - iOS
Ghost Blade HD - PS4
What Happened to Edith Finch - PS4
Fast RMX - Switch
Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch
Garou: Mark of the Wolf - Vita
Star Wars: Republic Commando - PC
Battlefield 1 - PS4
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch
Shock Troopers - PC (Arcade)
Shock Troopers 2nd Squad - PC (Arcade)
Gravity Bone -PC
A Thousand Flights of Loving - PC
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels - PC/X1
Eve: Valkyrie- PSVR
Farpoint - PSVR
Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell - PC
Ghost Squad - Wii
Monument Valley 2 - iOS
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - PS4
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - 360
Tekken Advance - GBA
100ft Robot Golf - PSVR
Final Fantasy XV: A King's Tale - X1
Star Wars Racer Revenge - PS2
Just Cause 3 - PS4
Toadled - PC
Gulity Gear Xrd -Revelator- PS4
Mortal Kombat XL - PC
Destiny 2 - PS4
Dishonored - PS4
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition - PS4
Nex Machina - PS4
Dying Light - PS4
Arizona Sunshine- PSVR
Dead Rising 3 - X1
Soul Dimension - PSVR
The Bug Butcher - PS4
Super Mario Odyssey - Switch
King of Fighters XIV - - PS4

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds - PS4
Alienation - PS4
Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain - PC/X1
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris - PS4
Doom VFR - PSVR
Gorogoa - iOS
Devil May Cry 4 Refrain - iOS *new*
Sonic Mania - Switch *new*

Total: 58


Previously: 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

DMC4 Refrain is a passable iOS reimagining of DMC4, though the challenge and combo system are gone and the story is a bare-bones mess, but it is an interesting play-through f you are a fan of the series (like me). Imagine if DMC looked like a PS1 game and played with a virtual D-pad/buttons and you are in the ballpark.

Sonic Mania is probably the best Sonic game. I wasn't sure I'd feel that way at times while playing, and there are certainly stronger zones in the original trilogy...but overall this game has more going for it than not, is consistently stronger across everything, and is a fucking miracle for even existing. I hope that the series builds on this...I haven't been this excited about the idea of playing future new Sonic games in eons...
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by Sarge Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:00 am

Previous games:
January:
1) The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (PC) (8.5) (1/1) (~5.5 hours)
2) ActRaiser (SNES) (8.0) (1/2) (~4 hours)
3) Bonk's Revenge (GB) (6.0) (1/3) (~1 hour)
4) Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break (GB) (6.5) (1/3) (~1 hour)
5) Blackwell Legacy (PC) (7.0) (1/5) (2.6 hours)
6) Blackwell Unbound (PC) (7.5) (1/7) (2.2 hours)
7) Blackwell Convergence (PC) (8.0) (1/7) (2.4 hours)
8) Blackwell Deception (PC) (8.0) (1/8) (4.7 hours)
9) Blackwell Epiphany (PC) (9.0) (1/9) (6.5 hours)
10) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4) (8.0) (1/22) (~55 hours)
11) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (360) (8.0) (1/28) (~.5 hours)
12) Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (SMS) (6.5) (1/31) (~1 hour)
February:
13) Quackshot Starring Donald Duck (GEN) (7.5) (2/7) (~2 hours)
14) Fire Emblem Heroes (Android) (8.0) (2/9) (~10 hours)
15) Super C (NES) (9.5) (2/20) (~0.5 hours)
16) Contra (NES) (10.0) (2/20) (~0.5 hours)
17) Mickey's Dangerous Chase (GB) (6.5) (2/24) (~1 hour)
18) My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS) (8.5) (2/25) (~19 hours)
19) Mega Man 2 (NES) (10.0) (2/28) (~0.8 hours)
March:
20) Final Fantasy XV (PS4) (8.0) (3/2) (~33 hours)
21) Blaster Master Zero (NS) (9.0) (3/10) (~6.5 hours)
22) Espgaluda II Black Label (360) (8.0?) (3/17) (0.5 hours)
23) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NS) (9.5) (3/28) (~70+ hours)
April:
24) Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PC) (8.5) (4/7) (~5.5 hours)
25) Hyper Light Drifter (PS4) (8.0) (4/9) (~8 hours)
26) Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge (GBA) (7.5) (4/16) (~3 hours)
27) Vanquish (PS3) (8.5) (4/17) (~7 hours)
28) Journey (PS3) (6.0) (4/19) (~2 hours)
29) GunForce (SNES) (4.0) (4/22) (~20 minutes)
30) GunForce 2 (ARC) (7.0) (4/23) (~30 minutes)
31) GunForce: Battle Fire Engulfed Terror Island (ARC) (6.0) (4/23) (~20 minutes)
32) Mighty Final Fight (NES) (8.5) (4/29) (~30 minutes)
May:
33) Final Fantasy V (SFC) (6.0) (5/1) (~33 hours)
34) Super Adventure Island (SNES) (7.0) (5/2) (~1 hour)
35) Dragon Spirit: The New Legend (NES) (7.5) (5/3?) (~30 minutes)
36) Mighty No. 9 (PS4) (5.0) (5/6?) (~5 hours)
37) Contra III: The Alien Wars (Hard) (SNES) (8.5) (5/11) (~1 hour)
38) Operation C (GB) (7.5) (5/22) (~1 hour)
June:
39) Super Dodge Ball (NES) (9.5) (6/1) (~15 minutes)
40) Bare Knuckle III (GEN) (7.5) (6/3) (~1 hour)
41) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) (9.5) (6/5) (~30 minutes)
42) Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear (GB) (4.0) (6/8) (~1 hour)
43) Castlevania: The Adventure (GB) (3.5) (6/9) (~1 hour)
44) Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (PC) (8.0) (6/15) (~8.5 hours)
45) Streets of Rage (GEN) (9.0) (6/17) (~45 minutes)
46) Ghouls 'N Ghosts (GEN) (6.5) (6/17) (~4 hours)
47) Contra: Hard Corps (GEN) (8.5) (6/18) (~50 minutes)
48) Mighty Gunvolt Burst (NS) (7.5) (6/23) (~3 hours?)
49) Exile's End (PC) (8.0) (6/24) (~5 hours)
July:
50) Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4) (8.5) (7/1) (16h53m)
51) Pharaoh Rebirth+ (PC) (8.0) (7/3) (7 hours)
52) Jackal (NES) (9.0) (7/9) (45 minutes)
53) Golden Axe III (NES) (2.5) (7/9) (~45 minutes)
54) Rygar (NES) (7.0) (7/10) (~2 hours)
55) Faxanadu (NES) (8.0) (7/14) (~6 hours)
56) Tekken 3 (PSX) (6.0) (7/24) (~20 minutes)
57) Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) (8.5) (7/30) (38h16m)
August:
58) Contra: The Alien Wars (GB) (3.5) (8/1) (~30 minutes)
59) Super Smash Bros. (N64) (8.0) (8/6) (~20 minutes)
60) Battletoads (Japan) (NES) (7.5) (8/10) (~40 minutes)
61) Castle of Dragon (NES) (2.5) (8/10) (~1 hour)
62) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (NES) (3.0) (8/10) (~30 minutes)
63) Strider (NES) (6.5) (8/11) (~2 hours)
64) Commando (NES) (3.5) (8/11) (~1 hour)
65) Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (NES) (6.5) (8/12) (~1h30m)
66) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (GEN) (4.0) (8/12) (~1 hour)
67) Dragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi Maryuu (NES) (5.0) (8/13) (~4 hours)
68) Mega Man 8 (SAT) (7.0) (8/17) (~4 hours)
69) Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (PS4) (8.0) (8/19) (4h42m)
70) Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3) (6.5) (8/25) (~30 minutes)
71) Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) (7.5) (8/27) (25 hours?)
72) Daikatana (GBC) (6.5) (8/28) (~3 hours)
73) Bionic Commando (NES) (9.5) (8/30) (~1.5 hours)
74) Adventure Island II (NES) (6.5) (8/31) (~3 hours)
September:
75) The Mafat Conspiracy (NES) (5.0) (9/1) (~1.5 hours)
76) Snake's Revenge (NES) (8.0) (9/4) (~4 hours)
77) Ys: Memories of Celceta (VITA) (7.5) (9/4) (~25 hours?)
78) Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble (NES) (5.0) (9/7) (~2 hours)
79) 1943: The Battle for Midway (NES) (7.0) (9/9) (~2.5 hours)
80) Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (ARC/360) (5.0) (9/9) (~1 hour)
81) Arkista's Ring (NES) (6.0) (9/9) (~1 hour)
82) Bad Dudes (NES) (4.0) (9/9) (~45 minutes)
83) G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor (NES) (7.0) (9/10) (~2 hours)
84) Target: Renegade (NES) (2.0) (9/10) (~1 hour)
85) Gyruss (NES) (8.5) (9/11) (~1 hour)
86) Renegade (NES) (3.5) (9/12) (~30 minutes)
87) Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) (9.0) (9/18) (11h35m) (16h total time)
88) Rambo (NES) (4.5) (9/19) (~3 hours)
89) Return of Double Dragon (SFC) (8.0) (9/20) (~1 hour)
90) Wizards & Warriors (NES) (6.5) (9/21) (~1.5 hours)
91) Wizards & Warriors III - Kuros: Visions of Power (NES) (6.5) (9/23) (~4 hours)
92) Wolverine (NES) (3.0) (9/23) (~1 hour)
93) The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper (NES) (6.0) (9/23) (~1 hour)
94) Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES) (6.5) (9/24) (~2 hours)
95) The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy (NES) (6.0) (9/24) (~1 hour)
96) RodLand (NES) (7.0) (9/30) (~1 hour)
97) Gradius (NES) (7.0) (9/30) (~30 minutes)
98) Life Force (NES) (8.0) (9/30) (~1 hour)
99) Gradius II (NES) (8.0) (9/30) (~1 hour)
October:
100) Guerilla War (NES) (6.0) (10/1) (~1 hour)
101) Gun-Nac (NES) (7.5) (10/2) (~1.5 hours)
102) Mega Man 9 (PS4, via MMLC2) (9.5) (10/7) (~2.5 hours)
103) Star Wars (NES) (5.5) (10/7) (~1.5 hours)
104) Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4) (9.0) (10/25) (49h20m)
105) Super Mario Odyssey (NS) (10.0) (10/31) (10 hours?)
November:
106) Super Castlevania IV (SNES) (8.5) (11/11) (4 hours)
107) Transformers: Devastation (PS4) (6.5) (11/18) (5h56m)
108) Dracula X: Rondo of Blood (DUO) (8.0) (11/26) (2 hours)
109) Castlevania Chronicles (PSX, X68K mode) (6.5) (11/29) (6 hours)

December:
110) Faussete Amour (DUO) (5.0) (12/4) (3 hours)
111) Ys III: The Wanderer from Ys (DUO) (5.5) (12/7) (~5 hours)
112) Kaze Kiri: Ninja Action (DUO) (6.5) (12/9) (~1.5 hours)
113) Ys Book I & II (Book I) (TCD) (6.0) (12/16) (~5 hours)
114) Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue (8.5) (12/17) (~3 hours)
115) WeaponLord (GEN) (6.5) (12/18) (~40 minutes)

Yeah, I finished on Genesis. Twice, even, but the first time was on the lowest difficulty. Turns out Barbarian on the Genny (third out of four difficulties) isn't that much harder if you abuse some tricks.

So, for anyone wondering, the Genesis version is the one to play if you're getting ripped to shreds by the aggressive SNES AI. Seriously, that is absolutely nuts. You almost have no ability to learn the game with the way it's set up on SNES. You could argue that I still didn't learn it that well, though, given the Genesis version's less intimidating AI. I abused Korr and his flaming sword moves throughout the entire game. I only rarely countered with sword slashes. If you know some combos, you could be a real powerhouse here. One of the flaming sword moves is a jump-in attack, the other is one that lashes out then follows up with a sweep attack. With proper spacing, that move is deadly to the AI. It takes some precise positioning to really abuse it, though; too close, and you probably eat an attack, too far and you whiff, although the Genny version doesn't punish you as much for it.

I actually like a lot that this game is doing. I can totally see where folks might think of this as a sort of proto-Soul Calibur. It's not nearly as smooth as that series, but there's a surprising amount of depth I haven't uncovered. And if I were still playing the SNES version, I probably still wouldn't. :( That mess is brutal and unfair in the worst way. The Genesis version started growing on me the second time through for the legit win.
Last edited by Sarge on Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:27 am, edited 1 time in total.
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